starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
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My Yuletide authors were [archiveofourown.org profile] infiniteeight and [archiveofourown.org profile] greerwatson. Thank you both so much!

For Yuletide this year I wrote something completely different:

…And a Song for Minneapolis (2541 words) by starlady
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dessa (Musician)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Summary: The little mystic and his handler grow up.

With a huge shout-out to [personal profile] laceblade and [personal profile] oliviacirce for beta-reading on very short notice. I'm pleased with this story, but the song contains multitudes, and this is only one of them.

Yuletide being made known, it's time for the End of Year Fanworks meme! 2012 was kind of a fallow year for me in this regard, but here's the list anyway:

Fic I Wrote
The Wallmaker's Carol, The Old Kingdom Chronicles (New Year's Resolutions 2012)
Wages (The Only In Our Dreams Remix), X-Men: First Class
Nothing on Earth of Interest (Seeds of the Melon), Sherlock Holmes steampunk AU/The Singsong Girls of Shanghai
Worthy Opponents, Sengoku Jidai RPF (Kaleidoscope 2012)
…And A Song For Minneapolis, Dessa songs (Yuletide 2012)

This doesn't count the two XMFC WIPs that I am very slowly and torturously working on, and in point of fact "Nothing on Earth of Interest" is listed as the first chapter of a WIP, but I'm putting it up here because it can be read as complete in itself and I like it. All told, including the WIP chapters that are up on the Archive, I'm at about 25,000 words for the year. That is shockingly low for me, and I'm not really happy about it.

Vid I Made
Starman, Prometheus (2012)

Looking back, did you make more fanworks than you thought you would this year, less, or about what you'd predicted?
Less. As I said above, I don't like it.

What pairing/genre/fandom did you do that you would never have predicted in January?
Oh, definitely Dessa. I offered her songs on a whim (and my recipient and I actually matched on a different fandom), but when I saw the request I decided I really wanted to go for that instead. Also the movie fandom in question isn't on Netflix streaming, WTF.

What's your own favorite fanwork of the year? Not the most popular, but the piece that makes you happiest?
I really love The Wallmaker's Carol. I love the characters, I love how it came out, I like the song lyrics, I love the not!Christmas going on, and I was doubly glad to write it for [personal profile] lionpyh.

Did you take any creative risks this year? What did you learn from them?
I wrote Nothing on Earth of Interest for, and workshopped it at, a creative academic writing workshop thing at Berkeley in the spring. It was a really good experience, and I had some really good discussions, but it was also more than a little nerve-wracking.

My best piece of this year:
The Wallmaker's Carol, I think.

My most popular piece of this year:
Ironically, my two XMFC WIPs, Reunion and Transmutation, got more hits than everything else combined. Of the completed stuff, unsurprisingly, Wages is the most popular.

Piece of mine most under-appreciated by the universe, in my opinion:
I wrote in such miniscule fandoms that this is hard to judge, really. Let's go with Starman, which I think is hilarious.

Most fun piece to make:
The Wallmaker's Carol and Starman. Starman in the, "haha, I totally unintentionally made a comeplay joke in that clip" and also in the "this movie makes me so angry" way.

Single sexiest moment:
Irene Adler and Huang Cuifeng mixing it up at the party.

Most "Holy crap, that's out there, even for you" piece:
I'm pretty sure that the only possible answer for this one is Nothing on Earth of Interest.

Piece that shifted my own perceptions of the characters:
I specifically wrote Wages, which is a remix of a fic that has since been taken down from the internet, to get a handle on Charles Xavier. It worked.

Hardest piece to make:
Vidding is hard. But probably actually the most research-work went into Worthy Opponents and Nothing on Earth of Interest. You cannot get a map of late 19thC Shanghai on the internet for love or money. Believe me, I've looked. Also, I wound up downloading the Gutenberg file of the original book, and then I had to compare the English translation and the Chinese text in order to find out some characters' non-translated names. Rewarding, but time-consuming.

Biggest disappointment:
Not writing/vidding more.

Biggest surprise:
I learned how to make AfterEffects do things. Not all the things, but some things all the same.

Most Unintentionally Telling Story:
They're all unintentionally telling. …And A Song For Minneapolis is intentionally so. I am a grad student, I consider Minnesota a place that I call home, and all of that consciously went into the background of the fic.

Overall Thoughts:
Keep calm and keep writing.
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